Here at Christ Church, we are in the middle of a sermon series called “Game Plan.” From the mundane to the extraordinary, we are teaching and discussing how to go about discerning what God’s plan is for our lives. You know? That million dollar question that ideally undergirds all of the decisions, big and small, that each of us must make every day.
Is this what God wants me to do? Is this the job God wants me to take? Is this the house we should buy? Is this the spouse God has chosen for me? Should we grow our family? Is God calling me to lead this ministry? How should we use the resources God has entrusted to us? How would God want me to handle this conflict? What does retirement look like for me/us?
Pastor John’s message today focused mainly on opportunities to presented to us. Jobs, careers and callings…both inside and outside of the home.
Throughout our lives, we are faced with many opportunities. Placed in all sorts of jobs, situations, relationships and experiences. Some are thrilling and we have no doubt God is at work, teaching and growing us. And some experiences, let’s face it, seem so inconsequential, arbitrary or even painful that we doubt God has anything for us to gain or learn.
Yet, as we walked through Colossians 3:23-24 this weekend, we came face to face with verses encouraging us to put all of our heart into all our work, as working for the Lord and not for people. Because it is the Lord Christ we are serving.
So wait? If I am currently staying at home with my infant child, is this verse telling me I need to be wiping butts and changing diapers and sporting spaghetti stained shirts as if I am serving God? Why would God care about that? My (incomplete) guess: compassion, selfless love, and learning what it feels like to care for one who cannot care for him or herself. And for a person currently working a temporary job, possibly beneath her or his education and skill level, just to make ends meet, what are these verses saying to you? Is there a person God intended you to meet through that opportunity? How might God be growing your character through this difficult chapter? Are you learning a new skill? And for the person who is currently working her or his dream job, and possibly leading or managing others, what do these verses say to you? How can you reflect God’s character in your job? Do other’s see Christ in and through your passion and calling?
In light of those verses in Colossians (and please be encouraged to read the passages and to reflect on them on your own or in a group ) we were posed with three questions at the end of worship. Each question should be thought about through the lens of your current job, calling, or position in life. I found these questions so thought provoking, so intriguing, that I believe it would be a wonderful exercise to spend some time this week honestly reflecting on them, praying over them, and listening for God.
Here are the questions to think about this week:
- Based on your current performance, would you trust you with a better opportunity?
- Are you preparing for the next opportunity or just waiting for it?
- Is there an opportunity where you are now that you are ignoring?
Prayers to you this week and you spend some time wrestling with and praying over God’s game plan for your life and how that plan is being revealed through the very situation God has you placed in right this moment.